Shelmerdine Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, 2006


The Shelmerdine Yarra Valley Chardonnay is this week’s wine of the week in today’s SMH. Huon Hooke says:

The Shelmerdine wines are more and more impressive and represent great value at their moderate prices. They are made by award-winning Steve Webber and his team at De Bortoli’s Yarra Valley winery, and Webber has great respect for Stephen Shelmerdine’s vineyards. This has nutty, creamy lees-derived aromas with a touch of acceptable cheesiness and a beautifully streamlined, elegant palate, which is smooth, fine and dry with good line and texture. It’s complex but unencumbered by excessive oak or malolactic influences. A lovely drink at a more-than-fair price. Best within four years.

Food Suggestions: Crustaceans or fish with butter sauces; prosciutto and melon; runny white-mould cheeses.

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